Tip: Send SMS and MMS in Gmail or the Chrome Hangouts Extension Using Your Google Voice Number

With the Google Voice and Hangouts merger in full swing (again), most of you who use a combination of the service are now noticing an added benefit – SMS and MMS through both Gmail and the Chrome extension for Hangouts. If you have a Google Voice number that has now been associated with Hangouts, you can choose to send an SMS to contacts, assuming you have attached a number to their contact information.  (more…)

Chrome Stable for Android Gets Its Material Design Update

Google Chrome stable for Android received an update to build 37.0.2062.117, which will forever be known as the app’s initial Material Design update. This is a similar update to the version released to Chrome Beta back in July

With Material Design helping its looks, you will see new animations while opening the menu or tapping in the Google Search box on a new tab page. You will see a lot more white, new Incognito page,  and more. Everything has been simplified in appearance, yet still has the full Chrome feature list.  (more…)

Chrome Beta for Android Update Finally Brings Back Number Count for Tabs

Remember when Google introduced a Material Design make-over to Chrome Beta back in July? The update was pretty awesome for the most part. But for the purists (or detail obsessive types), a certain minor-yet-critical feature was missing – a tab count on the tab shortcut button. You know, the little button next to the top menu that tells you how many tabs you currently have open? For whatever reason, in the July update, the button became an empty box without that ever-so-useful tab count.  (more…)

Chrome for Android Updated, Brings Improved Text Rendering and Doodles on New Tabs

An update is being pushed out to the Chrome browser app for Android devices, one which includes improved text rendering, plus a multitude of bug fixes. Google also notes that upon opening a new tab page, a friendly Doodle will be there to greet your eyes.

In addition, a few security fixes have been addressed in this release, which includes a URL spoofing fix, as well as an origin policy bypass fix.  (more…)

Is This the First “L” Android Version Appearance and a New Chrome App UI?

The crew over at reddit found an interesting set of screenshots in an Android related issue over at the Chromium bug tracker. Are you seeing the goodies in the image above? There are a couple of things that should immediately stand out. If not, there are more below.

Note:  Before I could even get this posted, Google removed the issue thread for this bug.

First, is that an “L” in the notification bar showing that the phone is plugged in with USB debugging enabled? If it is, then this would be the first time we are seeing a device running the “L” version of Android, which has not yet been announced by Google. If you’ll remember, Kit Kat devices showed a “K” or a key lime pie for USB debugging up until Android 4.4 was officially announced, which then caused the switch over to the Kit Kat bar icon.  (more…)

Google to Shutdown Chrome Extensions Not Installed From the Chrome Web Store

Shady, third party YouTube downloaders, your run has come to an end (sort of). Google announced today that it will begin shutting down Chrome extensions that were installed outside of the Chrome Web Store (CWS). They also announced that going forward, users can only install extensions that are hosted on the CWS. At this time, this new change seems to only affect Windows users.  (more…)